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Deep Water Ports

Virginia Port Authority (Hampton Roads)

Virginia´s strategic mid-Atlantic location and
unparalleled transportation infrastructure offer
steamship lines and shippers unbeatable access
to two-thirds of the U.S. population with more
than 75 international shipping lines and one of
the most frequent direct sailing schedules of any
port. Virginia has the best natural deepwater
harbor on the U.S. East Coast. Unobstructed
channels provide easy access and maneuvering
room for the largest of today´s container ships. The
Virginia Port Authority's Hampton Roads ports are located
just 18 miles from the open sea on a year-round, ice-free
harbor. Virginia ports have long maintained a reputation
for efficient and uncongested intermodal service.

The numbers are the bottom line:

  • 50 Feet channel depth
  • 2.5 Hours for open sea
  • 22 Suez Class ship to shore cranes
  • 4th Largest U.S. East Coast port
  • 1st ISO 9001 Certified U.S. East Coast port
  • 1st Major ISO 14001 Certified U.S. East Coast port
  • 2015 TEUs 2,549,000
  • 2015 Tonnage 52,281,000
  • 33 Percent of cargo moves inland by rail
  • 6 Direct-service trains to 28 major cities each day
  • 50+ motor-carriers offer full freight-handling and load-consolidation services
  • 45+ countries with direct service
  • 200+ Nations ultimately reached

Norfolk International Terminals

Located in the heart of the Hampton Roads area on 648 acres, Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) is the Port of Virginia's largest terminal.  NIT is home to fourteen of the biggest, most efficient cranes in the world.  These ZPMC cranes are the only cranes capable of handling the "ships of tomorrow".  With a reach stretching 245 ft, the cranes will be able to offload ships loaded 27 containers wide with cargo. The main channel leading to the terminal is 50ft deep and is being deepened to 55ft. NIT has 5 berths, 14 container cranes, 3 finger piers, a RO/RO berth, covered and container storage, and now 89,300 feet of direct rail access.

Portsmouth Marine Terminal

Slightly down the river from NIT on 219 acres sits Portsmouth Marine Terminal. With of 3,540 feet of wharf, 3 berths, and 6 cranes, PMT is able to handle container, break-bulk and RO/RO cargo. PMT also has direct access to both CSX and NS railways.

APM Portsmouth Terminal

Built on a green-field site and opened in September 2007, APM’s Portsmouth Virginia terminal, now operated by the Virginia Port Authority, sets a new standard for U.S. port automation. It was built to be the newest, safest, most efficient and environmentally friendly terminal in North America.

Newport News Marine Terminal

Located in Newport News, Virginia, the 140.64 acre Newport News Marine Terminal (NNMT) is the Port of Virginia's main break-bulk terminal.  Despite its size, the facility boasts 42,720 feet of direct rail access/rail track provided by CSX.  With 3,480 feet of total pier space serviced by four cranes, direct cargo loading on and off ships to and from the CSX break-bulk rail service, covered storage, container storage, and accessibility from 3 major Virginia roadways, NNMT provides a prime venue for shipments through the Port of Virginia.